Up coming Speakers
Oct 21, 2019
Heart Foundation - Local Heart Health Advocate
Heart Foundation - Local Heart Health Advocate
Nov 11, 2019
Architect, Urban Designer, Eco Futurist
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Apologies - Reminder Members please send apologies to Clyde Stewart

Tauranga Sunrise Crystal Palace Friday 1st November 2019 Contact Ron Fyfe for further details

Tauranga Te Papa's Melbourne Cup Day Tuesday 5th November 2019 Trustpower Stadium Lounge, 81 Turman Lane, Mount Maunganui, 2.30pm-8pm contact Jerry Cowper 027634 7239 or email or visit

Battle of the Brains Friday 15th November 2019 Quiz Night with Quizmaster Will Johnston from The Hits!, Auctions, Prizes, Cash Bar and Nibbles provided, teams of 6 $150 per team, Fundraiser organised by the Cambodian Charitable Trust.

Tauranga Croquet Club Monday 18th November 2019 Brian Hodge to organize a social outing for members with dinner in town to follow. Pencil this date in the diary.

Tauranga Christmas Parade Saturday 30th November 2019 - Bev Tagg President of Tauranga Rotary has reached out to us seeking volunteers to assist with crowd control and walking with the floats. Time is usually from 9am to 12.30pm Please contact

Cambodia - Undiscovered Lands Paul Noonan, informed the club of a bike trip in Cambodia, The Cycle trip confirmed by the operator Red Spokes to start in Phnom Penh on 31 May 2020, which would be in the area of school that the group can visit on Thurs 4th and Fri 5th of June, there are 5 people committed to the trip. If you are interested in the trip or know of a keen cyclist please visit 


Rosters for October through to December 2019

Rotary Otumoetai Fundraiser Event
Island Luau - Rotary Otumoetai Member Rachel Ackerly is leading this project on behalf of the club, this is exciting, the Cambodia Charitable Trust will be the main beneficiary, the event will take place at the Mount Maunganui Surf Lifesaving Club on Saturday 28th March 2020, tickets will include, island style buffet with dessert, there will be a cash bar along with Island Entertainment. Auction Items & Raffles to be won. More detail to come...
Rotary Christmas Puddings
Brian Hodge will be organising Christmas Puddings again this year, let Brian know to put in your order
My Second month update (11.09.19 – 25.09.19) by German Exchange Student -  Jannick Michel

My second month update: (11.09.19 – 25.09.19)
Jannik Michel

In my second month I´ve had more new and exciting experiences, like visiting the ̈Blow hole¨ in Tauranga, a tour through the glow-worm caves in Waitomo, my first orientation, a really funny mascot run and the visiting of „Wicked”.
On the 11th September I went on a trip together with all the other international students from the Otumoetai College. We started early in the morning and had a 2 hours bus ride before we started our tour through the caves. Especially the boat trip through the caves with about 20.000 Glow-worms was really impressive and exciting for me. After the cave trip we visited the Kiwi house in Otorohanga, where we had a short presentation about the Kiwi birds, and the Kiwi house. I saw my second Kiwi bird in my live and we had the chance to see a lot more native New Zealand birds, fishes and reptiles. This day was a great experience for me, because I saw a completely different part of the New Zealand nature and I found some new international friends.

From the 13th to the 15th September I had my first RYE-Orientation at the Mi-Camp next to the lake Taupo. It was a wonderful weekend, I met all the other In- and Outbound students and made a lot of new friends. When we arrived, I was immediately completely involved and had to go on the stage to see how Michael (the Outbound student who goes to Germany next year) learned German. He did it well! I had a really nice night and a lot of fun with playing cards and before we went to bed, I learned of their “Wonderwall”, and “Bohemian Rhapsody” performance, that the outbound students cannot sing! After the not really good breakfast, I went together with the other Inbounds on a rainy hike through beautiful nature to the Taranaki Falls.

We had a lot of fun and amazing views up to the mountains with snow. Also, the trip to the ski fields was amazing and the first time in the snow for the Brazilian girls in their lives.

In the evening we saw a really good performance of a Haka group and tried to dance our first Haka, which was actually much harder than I thought it would be. We got all the most important information about the South Island trip, and I am really looking forward to do this amazing trip with all these wonderful people!

On the 20th September, I helped the Rotary Club to register the runners for the marathon on the next day. The organizer, asked the Rotary Club, if there are any volunteers for the Mascot run on the 21th. Paul signed me and himself in. Before the run, Paul and I went to the beach and I am really looking forward to go swimming! Rachel did the 21k run in 2 hours and Paul and I did the Mascot run which was about 200 metres (Paul was an electric toothbrush, and I was a Marshmallow). It was a wonderful day, a lot of fun and the best weather since I´ve been here.

The last and fantastic event this month was the visit of the musical “Wicked” in the Bay court community & Arts Centre in Tauranga at the 25th September. The singing was fantastic, the acting was great and also the stage design was really good. Thank you Carmen, for this wonderful experience!

This month I settled in more and more, met more new and friendly people. I´m still really happy that I have the chance to be here and to make all these wonderful experiences. I'm really looking forward to my holidays and of course to my next time here in New Zealand.

World Polio Day October 24th 2019
We’re closer than ever to eradicating polio but we’re not done yet. We still need funds to continue immunizations and surveillance efforts. Your gift will get us closer to the finish line. Your donation helps Rotary and its partners reach every child with the polio vaccine. Thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, your contribution will be tripled, getting us even closer to a polio-free world.
Recapturing the good things about Rotary:
A personal perspective
Peter Stanley
Past President, Rotary Club of Otumoetai
Our Rotary Club may be gearing up for a new round of reform.  I would like to contribute my perspective by discussing the ten things that I have valued and enjoyed in my nine years in Rotary.  The ten matters that I am about to mention are not in any order, and they obviously reflect my personal preferences alone.
  1. Interesting people.  I value my association with members of this club.  The fraternity includes some quite exceptional people, and I count my good fortune in getting to know them.
  2. Service commitment.  Unlike a sports club or a hobby group, Rotary meets with a purpose and it is to do good things for other people. 
  3. Collective action.  This is the feeling of being part of something, and it arises most readily on projects where you are actually doing things.  Recently, I had these feelings when I was with Clyde, Paul, Jannick, Rachel, Bruce, and Bevan at the Garmin Tauranga Marathon. 
  4. Achievements of Rotary.  I am staggered by what Rotary has contributed to our community since it began in New Zealand over a hundred years ago, and these projects include starting a number of national organisations.
  5. Club commitment.  By this I mean the willingness of Rotarians to step up and assume positions and responsibilities, and to perform whatever task that they have to the best of their ability.
  6. Broadening experiences.  Thanks to Rotary I have done all sorts of things that I would not otherwise have done, and most notably there was participation in a golf tournament, a cycle race, and a yachting regatta.  But there have been lots of other things that I regard as broadening experiences, like hearing Winston Peters, Simon Bridges, and Tenby Powell speak, and lots of other people as well.
  7. Special occasions.  This covers Armistice Day, the club’s jubilee celebration last year, regalia night, debates, visits to and from other Rotary clubs, vocational visits, and lots more.
  8. Entertainment and food.  Most people, if they are lucky, attend one wedding or similar live show a year.  At Rotary, we have a dinner and show once a fortnight and we used to be able to have it once a week.
  9. Standards of behavior.  I need to admit a prejudice of sorts, and it is that I like to be around people who know how to behave.  As adults, I don’t think that we owe much to other people beyond courtesy and self-restraint and typically these qualities are to be found in Rotary Clubs.
  10. Apolitical.  Rotary is refreshing because it is has managed to avoid politicisation in the sense of radical identity politics around race and gender and I appreciate that.
This is quite a list that I have provided.  What a wonderful entity a well-functioning service club can be.  The thing is, however, that most of these attributes are now under severe threat.  The fundamental causes of our problems are an ageing membership, and an inability to recruit more than a trickle of new members.  Obviously, none of us can be blamed for getting old.  The membership crisis I am less sure about.  As president, along with some other Rotarians, I put a great deal of effort into recruiting new members.  This included newspaper advertising, mail drops, a special new members’ night, and a fair (or unfair) amount of psychological pressure on the existing fraternity.  Largely, these efforts were unsuccessful.  To a degree, I am consoled by the fact that the tide is generally going out for service clubs and for formalised group activities of most sorts.  Nonetheless, I also know that some Rotary Clubs, like some churches, are doing well.  And this makes me wonder what our club could do differently and what it could do better.
At our last Changeover, we lost Donald Hegan, Gordon Mock, John Butt and Peter Smith.  This was a colossal loss of Rotary experience, knowledge, wisdom, and expertise.  Moreover, it is part of a steady pattern of decline and there is absolutely no obvious reason why the downward trend will not continue.  
I see little comfort in the notion that ‘small is beautiful,’ and that we could continue to have a viable club with 15 or a dozen members.  This may work for some Rotarians.  But for me, and possibly for others, it would be the coming down of the night as it becomes prohibitively difficult to mount meaningful projects and to have a vibrant programme.
When we next meet, Clyde is going to give his view on amalgamation of our club with another Rotary club.  From my perspective, we do need to actively explore the big issues of doing things differently.  We also need to be wary of any sense that we may have that our club is doing well enough as it is.  I now know from my experience as president that each of the presidents immediately before me did their very best in carrying the club forward.  But as the membership and other resources have diminished, the task has become increasingly difficult.  Little wonder then that we currently have no President-Elect. 
I think of the present time as a limited period of calm when we can reassess what we want from a Rotary club and then make the necessary changes to go forward.  Like me, you may wish to reflect on what it is that you value in a club.  Actually, the ten attributes that I have mentioned can be reduced to a single quality and that is vitality; which can be also known as energy, spirit, bounce, zest, passion, vigour, and drive.  And as things stand, that collective glint in the eye can only come from creating new structures and avenues that could lead to the regeneration of our Rotary club.
Cambodian Charitable Trust Event 
Organised by the Cambodian Charitable Trust, this maybe of interest to members.
Meetings each second and fourth Monday of the month – 5.45 p.m. for 6.30 p.m. at Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club, Sulphur Point, Tauranga.  There will be no meeting on public holidays, and these dates will have been rescheduled in the same month.   All guest are welcome to join, please contact a club officer to confirm such dates.